Mythology and science fiction give way to public policy.
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The Minotaur of Crete — a human-bull hybrid — reduced human beings to fodder by devouring Athenian youths and maidens imprisoned in his Labyrinth. The humans became the food of the inhuman.
Crete, according to the myth, held Athens as a vassal state and demanded that every year it send seven youths and seven maidens as a tribute. The young Athenians were locked in the Labyrinth and either starved or got eaten by the Minotaur.
He came by his cruelty through origins as vile as the Sphinx’s. The god Poseidon gave Minos of Crete a beautiful white bull. Instead of sacrificing it to Poseidon as promised, however, Minos kept the bull and offered a lesser victim to the god. Poseidon retaliated by making Pasiphaë, Minos’ wife, desire the bull. The Minotaur resulted from their union.
But human love defeated him. Theseus, a prince of Athens, volunteered to be one of the victims, and journeyed to Crete with the ill-fated others. In Crete, Minos’ daughter, Ariadne, fell in love with Theseus and gave him a thread that would let him find his way out of the Labyrinth. Once inside, Theseus encountered the Minotaur and slew him.
With the thread, Theseus escaped from the Labyrinth and then sailed away with Ariadne and the intended Athenian victims.
Theseus defeated the Minotaur, the Lapiths defeated the Centaurs, and Oedipus defeated the Sphinx.
Human-animal hybrids must be defeated by legislation banning the practice. Senators Sam Brownback and Mary Landrieu on July 9 introduced such a ban. The measure parallels their 2007 bill, later introduced in the House by Congressman Chris Smith.
“Creating human-animal hybrids, which permanently alter the genetic makeup of an organism, will challenge the very definition of what it means to be human and is a violation of human dignity and a grave injustice,” said Brownback.
Brownback’s press release explained that the bill “only affects efforts to blur the genetic lines between animals and humans,” and does not bar “the use of animals or humans in legitimate research or health care where genetic material is not passed on to future generations.”
On April 30, 2008, in a statement supporting a U.S. human-animal hybrid ban, Cardinal Justin Rigali said: “While this subject may seem like science fiction to many, the threat is all too real. The United Kingdom is preparing to authorize the production of cloned human embryos using human DNA and animal eggs, setting the stage for the creation of embryos that are half-human and half-animal.”
Rigali, chair of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, added: “Researchers in New York have boasted of implanting ‘mouse/human embryonic chimeras’ into female mice, and California scientists say they may produce a mouse whose brain is entirely made up of human brain cells.”
It is not science fiction. Nor it is mythology.
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